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Kent State holds back Miami (Ohio) for 76-68 win

KENT, Ohio (AP) Kellon Thomas scored 19 points, Jimmy Hall added 18 and Kent State beat Miami (Ohio) 76-68 on Tuesday night.

It was tied 41-all with 13 minutes remaining when Chris Ortiz scored a dunk, sparking a 14-2 run to give Kent State a double-digit lead it held until the three-minute mark.

Eric Washington scored nine points as part of a 15-4 spurt for the Red Hawks to pull to 66-64 with 1:21 to play. The Golden Flashes answered with 10-of-14 shooting from the line to seal it.

Ortiz finished with 12 points and eight rebounds for Kent State (11-5, 2-1 Mid-American), which has won four of its last five games.

Washington scored 20 points and Geovonie McKnight added 18 for Miami (6-10, 0-3).

Deon Edwin scored five straight points, a 3-pointer with a rebound and put-back, and Kent State had its largest lead, 60-47 with six minutes left.

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